Episode 216 – All Things Star Wars

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This week on the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast Jonathan is joined by Don Morin and Melissa McGuire for a discussion about all things Star Wars. Bryan is touring the country with his family on vacation, so this week we are getting our Star Wars fix and geeking out on everything from Tauntauns to Sith lords in the movies … Read More

New Menu Items Available At WDW Restaurants

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Brand new menu items have appeared on several menus throughout the Walt Disney World Resort this month. At the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, new menu items including new burgers starring a signature blend of beef have made their debut. The “Drive-In BBQ Burger” has house-made barbecue sauce, bacon, cheddar, crispy, fried jalapeño, and onion straws on … Read More

Resort Specific Channels Now Available At WDW Resort Hotels

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Walt Disney World resorts now have a specific channel designated to each resort. The channel plays throughout the day to inform guests on resort dining information, merchandise shops, transportation, pool hours, the weather, and much more! The new channel is named “Your Disney Resort” and plays on channel 3. Source: WDWinfo.com

Episode 212 – Farewell to “Wishes” w/ Composer Greg Smith

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This week on the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast Paul Barrie from A Window To The Magic is filling in for Jonathan while he is still away in Italy. Together we’re going to be remembering “Wishes” as it makes way for the new fireworks show at Magic Kingdom, “Happily Ever After”. Later in the show we’ll have the man … Read More

“Happily Ever After” opens in Magic Kingdom

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Walt Disney World’s next generation of nighttime show made a spectacular debut this week at the Magic Kingdom. “Happily Ever After” combines fireworks, projections, and lasers, as guests follow favorite Disney characters on an adventure to seek out their destiny, face adversity and ultimately fulfill their dreams on the road to their happily ever after. Replacing Wishes, the 18 minute … Read More

Episode 211 – The Disney Treatment For Moms

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This week on the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast Jessica Sanders from The Happiest Blog On Earth fills in for Jonathan Dichter as co-host. Together, we’ll recognize Mother’s Day by talking about great ideas to give your mother the Disney treatment in the Disney theme parks in Walt Disney World and Disneyland. Whether you’re going to be in the … Read More

Get a Banshee in Pandora

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Every new land needs a must-have piece of merchandise, and at Pandora – The World of Avatar, it’s your very own Banshee. The official Disney Parks Blog has shared photos of Windtraders (the main shop in Pandora), where there is a dedicated space for banshees – The Rookery. A Naturalist from Alpha Centauri Expeditions is on-hand to assist with choosing … Read More

Wishes merchandise on sale in Magic Kingdom

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Wishes is nearing is nearing the conclusion of its almost 15 year run at the Magic Kingdom, and Disney has released a range of farewell merchandise to mark the occasion. All three items are available in the Emporium on Main Street U.S.A. at the Magic Kingdom. First is a black glow-in-the-dark T-Shirt, available for $27.99. A Tervis brand Wishes Farewell … Read More

Episode 210 – Jonathan’s WDW Trip Report

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This week on the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast Jonathan Dichter returns to the show and we spend some time talking about the new experiences he got to try out on his recent trip to Walt Disney World. We’ll also touch on a review of the Skipper Canteen restaurant in Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland and give a brief behind the … Read More

Celebration cakes coming to Walt Disney World

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Walt Disney World has released a look at a new dessert that will be coming to table-service dining locations throughout the resort. The new Mickey Mouse celebration cakes will be available to order beginning May 17th at Disney owned-and-operated sit-down restaurants. The Mickey-shaped cakes are available in chocolate or white chocolate and can be customized with the messages “Happy Birthday” … Read More

New Magic Band colors and designs

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Disney Parks Blog released an overview of some of the new MagicBand 2 colors that have been released at Walt Disney World. Guests have been asking for new colors, and it looks like Disney has delivered with black and teal limited edition designs. The first design is a Star Wars 40th Anniversary graphic band, which was first sold at Disney’s … Read More

Free Dining Returns to Walt Disney World

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The much anticipated free Disney Dining Plan has been announced for 2017! Guests visiting August 21-September 30, November 14-20, November 25-27, and December 8-23, 2017 can get a free dining plan when they purchase a non-discounted Walt Disney World Resort hotel and ticket package. Guests looking to take advantage of this limited time offer must purchase a 5-night/6-day Magic Your … Read More

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge: A New Frontier

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One of the things I look forward to when I visit Walt Disney World is the resort that I will be staying in during my trip. Walt Disney World has an amazing selection of resort hotels that allow the magic of the parks to follow the guests back to their room at the end of the day. One of my … Read More

Magic Kingdom to feature special Dapper Day offerings

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Guests will have the choice of Fried Chicken, Chicken Caesar Salad, Greek Salad Wrap, or BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich; all lunches come with house-made chips, a fruit cup, a Dapper Rose cupcake, and a fountain beverage. Kids’ Meal choices are Chicken Strips, or Uncrustables Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich; those include house-made chips, a Go-Go SqueeZ, a mini Dapper Rose … Read More

Episode 207 – The Hodge Podge Episode

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This week on the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast we are talking about a variety of different Disney-related topics. There have been a number of things that we’ve been meaning to talk about on the show lately from movie reviews to news items, and this week we’re going to catch up with an all-inclusive discussion about all things Disney. … Read More

Episode 206 – The Dreamfinder

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This week on the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast, we interview Ron Schneider, famous for playing the walk-around Dreamfinder character from Epcot. Ron has had an amazing career in theme parks and more for nearly 40 years. With his years of experiences in the parks and entertainment industry, he has amassed some terrific stories, and he’s here to share … Read More

Episode 204 – Attractions You Don’t Need A Fastpass For

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This week on the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast, Jessica Sanders from The Happiest Blog on Earth and author of “Disneyland on any budget” joins us to talk about attractions at both the Walt Disney World resort and the Disneyland resort in California that you don’t need to waste a Fastpass on. Everyone wants to make the most of … Read More

Satu’li Canteen Restaurant And Mobile App Announced For Pandora

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They just released dining details for Satu’li Canteen, as well as some new developments in the ordering process. Thematically speaking, the Satu’li Canteen was once a mess hall belong to the RDA (Resources Development Association) but has since been converted to a dining area by Alpha Centauri Expeditions. The decor is museum-like, focused on the Na’vi culture with “hand-woven tapestries, … Read More

Episode 203 – Killing Time While Waiting In Line

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This week on the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast we are gearing up for the warmer months and busy crowds with a discussion on things to do while you’re waiting in line for attractions in Disney theme parks. Our good friend Bryce Yelverton, author of Coaster Crusade, joins us for some tips and ideas of fun ways to pass … Read More

Episode 202 – The Must-Do’s of Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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This week on the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast we are talking all about the movies and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Even with all of the constructions going on right now to make room for Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land, there are still plenty of must-do attractions and experiences that should not be missed at this park. This … Read More

Cirque du Soleil La Nouba closing in 2017

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The Disney Parks Blog announced that, La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil will have its final show on December 31, 2017. The show performed at Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney) for almost twenty years. La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil has had over 8,500 performances at that location, and has been viewed by over 10 million guests. Senior Vice President … Read More

Episode 201 – Don Hahn Talks Live-action B & B

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This week on the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast, legendary Disney producer talks with us about his latest project and soon to be released live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson. Don produced the original modern day Disney classic animated film and he is thrilled to talk about the latest incarnation of this magical fairy tale. … Read More

Episode 200 – All About the Mouse Episode 200 Extravaganza!

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This week on the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast we are celebrating 200 episodes! We began this show 10 years ago and we are thrilled to be celebrating 200 episodes of talking about Disney, interviewing legendary Disney celebrities, breaking Disney news, and bringing you magic and mayhem every single week. In celebration of episode 200, we are bringing you … Read More

Major Additions And Refurbishments Coming to Disney’s Coronado Springs and Caribbean Beach Resorts

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Some exciting additions and refurbishments are coming to Disney’s Coronado Springs and Caribbean Beach resorts in Walt Disney World. The following was posted on the Disney Parks Blog this week: “Today, we are thrilled to share with you that changes are on the horizon at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort over the next two years and let me tell you, there … Read More

Episode 199 – Captain EO with Imagineer Terri Hardin

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This week on the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast we welcome back legendary Disney Imagineer Terri Hardin to talk about Captain EO. Terri worked alongside Michael Jackson, Francis Ford Coppola, and Anjelica Huston on Captain EO, which opened up at Epcot in the Magic Eye Theater in 1986. Terri shares her experiences with working with this amazing group of … Read More

Top 10 Places To Propose In Disney Theme Parks

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Disney theme parks can be some of the most magical places on earth. So, it’s no surprise that people have been using the magical fairytale setting of the parks as the site for their marriage proposals to their soul mates for years. But, where is the best place in the park to propose? Well, the possibilities are endless. Depending on … Read More

Episode 197 – Bring Back That Old Disney Magic

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This week on the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast, we invite one of our loyal listeners on the show to co-host and participate in a discussion that he suggested. We all have things that we originally fell in love with all throughout the Disney organization. Whether it’s theme parks or movies, a lot has changed over the years, and … Read More

Episode 196 – Disney Princesses

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This week we are joined again by Brooke Lowry of the Redefining Royalty blog to talk with us about some of our favorite Disney Princesses. Disney has a wide array of princesses with various personality, physical, and character traits, and we’re going to break them down and look at what makes each one unique and special. In the new this … Read More

Episode 195 – Add, Remove, and Change (Epcot)

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This week we have a surprise guest host on the show. We welcome one of our loyal listeners, Sara from Maryland, to talk about changes that we would like to see come to Epcot. Epcot is a classic Disney theme park that has stood the test of time for almost 35 years, but with all of the things being added … Read More

Concept Art and New Name Released for New Typhoon Lagoon Water Coaster

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Along with the change of name from the originally announced Miss Fortune Falls, Disney has unveiled a new piece of concept art giving a first look at the new water slide. Miss Fortune Fall’s is Disney’s longest water park ride, and features a conveyor belt lift hill at the start of the ride. This is Disney’s description of Miss Adventure … Read More

New Multi-sport arena construction at ESPN Wide World of Sports

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Today we have a first look at the new 8000 seater Multi-Sport cheer and dance venue currently under construction at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex. Currently under construction and expected to open later this year, the new venue will feature a flexible design that can host a multitude of different events. Although primarily designed to host cheerleading and … Read More

Episode 194 – Taking Young Children To The Parks

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This week we are answering a listener email asking about going to the parks with young children, and we’ve brought on Jessica Sanders, author of “Disneyland On Any Budget: Money Saving Tips From The Happiest Blog On Earth”, to help us talk about some tips to help out with these trips. From baby care and nursing to eating and emergencies, … Read More

ABC’s The View To Tape At Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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The View is also offering the chance to win a a Walt Disney World vacation. The View’s Magic is Endless Sweepstakes presented by American Tourister is offering the chance for three lucky viewers to win grand-prize packages including a Walt Disney World vacation for themselves and up to three guests and attend the taping of “The View” at Disney’s Animal … Read More

Disney Introduces More Affordable Magic Kingdom Dining Plan

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Beginning on January 12, Walt Disney World guests can purchase the new Disney Dine-on-the-Go meal plan and prepay for their lunch and dinner from select quick service restaurants in the Magic Kingdom Park. The new Disney Dine-on-the-Go meal plan will be available from January 12 until February 22 to guests visiting Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort. The … Read More

5 Reasons You Should Take Your Infant Or Toddler To Disney Theme Parks

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As someone who is an obvious Disney fan, I get a lot of different people at work and elsewhere asking me for advice and tips for their vacations to Disney. One of the questions I get quite a bit is the one dealing with, “How soon is too soon to take your child to Walt Disney World?”. If you ask … Read More

Characters In Flight To Get New Look In 2017

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The tethered balloon attraction will close on January 9 through to January 13, reopening to guests on January 14 2017. Part of there refurbishment will include a brand new look for the balloon, complete with a new color scheme. The original Characters in Flight was designed for Downtown Disney, and it is expected that the new look will be more … Read More

Magic Kingdom To Replace Welcome Show

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Beginning January 9, the Magic Kingdom is changing its opening procedures and welcome show. Now, guests will be allowed onto Main Street prior to opening where guests will be able to make purchases at the Main Street Bakery. Then at the park’s scheduled opening time there will be a new welcome show. The new show is described by the Disney … Read More

More Magic Kingdom Restaurants To Begin Serving Alcohol

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The Magic Kingdom is expanding the availability of alcoholic beverages at the park’s table service restaurants. Be Our Guest was the first to offer alcohol when it opened in 2012, and now wine and beer will be available at Tony’s Town Square, Jungle Cruise Skipper Canteen, and Liberty Tree Tavern. In addition, Cinderella’s Royal Table, will be adding Champagne and … Read More

Special Annual Passholder Lines Open in Walt Disney World This Week

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Starting December 21 2016, all four parks will offer dedicated entrance lines for Annual Passholders. Passholders, who are typically very familiar with the entry process, should be able to move through the lines faster by using the dedicated entry lines. The service is expected to be available throughout the holiday period until at least the end of January 2017. Story … Read More

Disney After Hours

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Ice cream novelties, popcorn, and select beverages are provided as part of your admission. In addition, you can purchase select menu items at Main Street Bakery and other locations throughout the park. Disney After Hours event nights are currently set for January 20 and 27, February 2, 9 and 16, and March 2 and 9, 2017. (Disney After Hours does … Read More

Episode 189 – Trip Report

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This week Bryce Yelverton fills in for Jonathan Dichter as co-host and we talk about some Disney experiences that are new to the parks and also just new to him. There is so much that has been added to the Walt Disney World resort over the last couple of years, and we’ll talk about some of these new experiences as … Read More

Jingle Bell, Jingle “Meh”

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The other day I was telling my wife about the new holiday night time show at Hollywood Studios, “Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam”. This show is brand new and showcases some of the impressive projection technology that has been amazing audiences at Magic Kingdom, but this time, it’s on the Chinese Theater. Set to holiday music, it utilizes special effects, fireworks, … Read More

Episode 186 – Disney Top 20

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This week we pick a specific Disney topic and category and then we go through the top 20 things in that particular category. This is similar to when we did a news story a while back about the Top 10 Resorts in Walt Disney World.

Episode 185 – Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet Update

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This week we have special guest Don Morin, organizer of the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet, on the show to talk about this extremely popular event. The Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet is a Disney fan gathering in the Seattle, Washington area of the country that has really taken off! Going into its 10th year, it has grown as a tight-knit community … Read More

New Personal Water Taxis at Disney’s Grand Floridian

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Disney’s Grand Floridian just launched a new service for guests wanting a more direct route from Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort to locations on and around the Seven Seas Lagoon. For $20 per boat, each way, up to guests can board a personal water taxi at the recreation marina, near the Sugar Loaf building. The service is available from 8 am … Read More

Drone Light Show To Come To Disney Springs

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Recently, word has been spreading around about Disney possibly using drone technology in the distant or maybe even near future to implement more spectacular night time shows in the parks. We’ll Disney released a teaser that hints to this technology coming to Disney Springs in a new night time show sooner than most people probably expected. Disney obtained FAA clearance … Read More

Episode 182 – Things To Do At Night In Walt Disney World

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This week we’re talking with Beci Mahnken of Mousefan Travel about things to do at Walt Disney World at night. Especially once the parks start closing earlier, people will start finding themselves venturing out in search of things to do at night. So what do you do when you’re on vacation in Walt Disney World and all of the parks … Read More

Episode 181 – Listener Feedback

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This week we are answering questions and talking about topics suggested by our listeners from our Facebook page. Topics range from things to do with toddlers at Disneyland to Disney places to visit outside of the theme parks. We even answer some questions related to the possible return of Rivers of Light at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and whether or not … Read More

Episode 180 – Jayme Twins Art

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Shop The Jayme Twins’ Etsy Store Jemely and Jeremy Jayme are twin sisters who are passionate storytellers and freelance artists. They’re the kind of twins that do everything together, very much like Fred and George Weasley. They’ve shown at pop culture galleries in Anaheim, CA and sell their art at comic conventions. They currently reside in Mill Creek, WA. They … Read More

Exploring Disney’s Tree of Life

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom is one of Disney’s most unique parks to date. The park not only has that Disney magic that we are all so fond of, but it is teeming with life – literally! That is why it is so fitting that the park icon and defining structure is the 145 ft. tall Tree of Life. Modeled after a … Read More

Stitch’s Great Escape To Switch To Seasonal Status

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We have good news and bad news, depending on what side you’re on, as it pertains to Stitch’s Great Escape in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom. Saturday, October 1st will be the last day of regular operation for Stitch. As of October 2nd, the attraction will switch to “seasonal” status, meaning that it will no longer be open on a daily … Read More

Top 10 Souvenirs That Don’t Cost As Much As Your Vacation

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It’s no secret: getting to Walt Disney World isn’t a vacation on the cheap. There may be more budget-friendly ways to approach your trip, but you’re still spending hundreds, probably thousands, of dollars. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always leave a lot of room for memorabilia to commemorate your experience. While there are plenty of ways to maximize your spending in the … Read More

10-Gallon Challenge At Whispering Canyon

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A new dessert has just made its way to the Whispering Canyon Café at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge resort at Walt Disney World. The restaurant, known for being outlandish, overwhelming, and loud, has just started serving a special dessert that matches the restaurants reputation. The 10-Gallon Hat dessert includes: vanilla ice cream, chocolate ice cream, strawberry ice cream, mine chocolate chip … Read More

Disney’s Live Stream Broadcast of the Main Street Electrical Parade

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The Main Street Electrical Parade received special recognition Sunday evening from Disney as they broadcast a live stream of the parade live from Magic Kingdom on the Disney Parks Blog. As Disney puts it, The Main Street Electrical Parade will be “glowing away” as it pertains to Walt Disney World when it makes it’s final appearance of this current run … Read More

7 Things To Do At Night In Walt Disney World

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Over the nearly 45 years since it opened, Walt Disney World has become synonymous with the words “magic” and “fun”. Thousands of guests flock to the parks daily to experience the classic attractions, shows, and entertainment. If you’re anything like me, though, you’ve probably found yourself experiencing that awkward moment when the parks have all closed, but you’re not quite ready to end your day yet.